My daughter Karin and I visited a new friends house yesterday..and I got this awesome photo of Karin with one of their backyard chickens,,so awesome!
So, I just had to share it here on my blog..
It’s been really nice, as we are starting to make some new friends locally since moving from our old stomping ground Byron Bay.
We now live at North Haven on the Mid North Coast of NSW and film on location and places that we visit for the Martys Garden show on YouTube
All I can say is “AWESOME” because I can’t find another word to take its place. Since making a decision in faith that I am going to chase my dream no matter long it takes, the community has been overwhelming to say the least.
I plan to unfold behind the scenes in my posts and videos, the steps of how I plan to make this amazing dream come to fruition, I know it will take a long time, but I want to enjoy the journey and not be in a rush to get there.
Photo: Karin feeding a very friendly goat!
“THE WINDING PATH OF DREAMS”
Today I was posting a comment under a youtube video and it got me thinking. I need to share more about what the final destination is,,because I really believe with all my heart that the community will be my guiding light to help Karin and me to get there.
Picture this, a three bedroom house set on an acre block, that provides a farm stay experience. There would also be a large shed that converts into a space to run workshops and host small events.
I could even run these events and workshops live for the world to see and directly from my channel.
The farm would be based on permaculture/ organic/ biodynamic practices and lets no forget my vertical micro farm systems that all run off grid, because that plays a huge role.
This style of vertical farming works on a large or small scale and is perfect for the small space gardener or someone who want to set up a backyard farm with very little costs.
The whole system has been trialed over a period of 5 years now and just keeps getting better every year. I know that with a collective mindset in the community, it can be improved on all the time.
“LET THERE BE CHICKENS”
Chickens would also play a massive role and live in a permaculture coop that not only feeds them, but produces a composted fertilizer that is nothing short of amazing. Oh, and lots of fresh eggs too!
Let me briefly explain
The chickens have an earth floor covered in a very deep fluffy mulch, such as sugar cane or straw. As they lay droppings the earthworms and a wide array of insects will slowly increase over time. Earthworms love fresh compost and chicken manure!
Then the chickens scratch and turn it over finding fresh food and turn it into a super friable nutrient rich compost. Much of this will then go out onto the farm as compost and into worm farms to make casting and worm teas.
Spent greens and fodder grown for the chickens will be thrown straight into the pen,,this fodder will contain many trace elements (minerals) that will be eaten by the chickens.
This will then be turned into chicken manure and locked into the system. Guess what we end up with, a super nutrient dense compost and worm castings that just keeps on getting better.
This recycled loop system not only improves the soil, but will be the building block to soil life, keeping pests at bay, nutrient dense plant life and everything surrounded by it will benefit,,even the wildlife.
Oh, yer and the food will taste amazing! I know, because I have eaten it,,,man oh man oh man is it good.
I am sure many will want to come and stay,,enjoy the farm and have an unforgettable educational experience
So, what’s in it for you?
As my daughter Karin and I take on this adventurous dream I plan to share many of my tips that I have already tried and put into practice over the years via video and in these post.
It will be a mixture of education, story, sharing and community. I plan to just write in here from my heart and put it all down just like I would if I was talking to your personally through conversation.
This will be for everyone from the market gardener (micro farmer) to the very beginner wanting to grow a few microgreens, fruits to trees to herbs and Tomato vines.
I also plan to share and discuss your interactions via video and posts as a collective community, as I know we all have a world of knowledge to share.
Awesome News For Martys Garden, Subscribers and all that love to grow food.
First, thanks to everyone who commented on my last post,,I truly do appreciate it, it truly does help me get to where I want to go, being the final destination of my dream micro farm/ education centre.
Anyway, here is the news. I spoke with Pepe from 5 sixty farms yesterday I am taking an 8 hour drive up to where he has his farm and shooting a series on micro farming/market gardening for my channel.
I am also filming a short documentary as well while I am there about what it’s like to be a micro farmer in this day and age how to start up yourself.
The whole family is going up, including, me Karin, Bobby the Cockatiel and Samsung Karin’s new pet Praying Mantis. The other one Lewis, passed of old age last week.
I plan to film and documentary from behind the scenes, so you will really get to see what it’s truly like to run such a business.
Pepe is a great guy and has a huge family, so it’s gonna be crazy!
We haven’t yet set a date to shoot the production,,but I would say in the next month for sure.
I am so excited,,I truly am, as it is something that I am super passionate about.
Anyways,,this is a quick update for you all that read my posts here. I am yet to mention this on my channel.
Lots of love to you all
Wow,,I must say I am so “STOKED” and excited to see that you guys are getting my posts..so cool. Things are really starting to step up here at Martys Garden, as I have had my head in the books working on a plan and how to get there. You see it’s all about my WHY!
Why do I do what I do, where do I want this to take me and most importantly how can I help others on a much deeper level?
(I recently started blogging again on my website as I knew that I needed to start documenting my journey outside of video. So most of the content regarding this content can be found there.)
THE SCARY PART: while doing this I realised that I had given up on my dream and it’s final destination.
The dream is to run an education centre/ micro farm as a business and help many others achieve their dreams too.
You see this is very hard to say,,,my excuse all the time were..I am tired of doing this all by myself.
That’s the truth,,,I have a serious illness (torticollis) which is now under control, I am still in pain everyday.
But, should that stop me from my dream,,now way!
I also, have more why behind wanting to achieve this goal,,my daughter and the responsibility I have for her.
We need to get out of the rent syndrome,,I spend over $300 a week on rent. That money should be going to much better use, right? Like this idea.
HOW CAN I ACHIEVE THIS GOAL?
I know now that I do not have to do this alone. I 100% believe and have faith in collective community and as a group can truly make this happen. I have accepted that I need help, to bring it to life.
A block of land,,approximately 1 acre set up as a micro farm retreat education centre. Teaching to the public a wide array of material from the backyard gardener to the budding micro farmer who needs a leg up.
People could stay there in accommodation and just lap it up.
With today’s technology there could easily be live events and classes that reach around.
This means that people outside of Australia who want to get involved can in an educational sense and for business.
Live workshops,,now that would be amazing!
This truly is just the beginning and for those who would like to be involved I am all ears. I really look forward to what you have to say..
Let’s band together and fly under the new banner of :Education, Sharing & Inspiring” and make this happen!
The video went over how the main mineral component in Epsom Salts are magnesium and sulphate and how in my eyes it’s better to use all the minerals in the garden that are available to you, than just two. I recommended in the video that viewers should consider using a wide array of minerals found in Rock dust for optimum plant health and growth.
Rock dust can contain up to 90 different minerals that support plant and soil health,,,where Epsom salts only contains two.
Anyway, the video takes it much further, but I think you get my drift. That is the content education section
In an up and coming video I am going to use the concept below to create content about using minerals as foliar spray, and share the written comment below in my video within the share section.
TO SHARE: After the viewers had watched the video mentioned above many left some wonderful comments. Woody from Woodys Home brew and allotment gardening channel mentioned how he used Epsom salts as a liquid fertilizer to spray the leaves on his plants. It was a great comment, because Epsom salts is highly soluble and can be easily mixed and applied.
However, about 30 minutes later I received another comment, which took the comment thread to a whole new level. You can read the comment below.
COMMENT AUTHOR: Michael Wellner
Hi Marty, Great advice on adding the rockdust to the compost. I have used it sprinkled on top of garden soils prior to planting much like Blood-n-bone this is best put on as the cooler weather approaches – there is a time delay affect and should be organically incorporated into the upper soil profile readily available for spring growth. Epsom salts used in a watercan dilution becomes immediately available to the plants on application – half the dosage if the weather is warmer always saturate the soil prior to application thus avoiding rootburn, especially if used on seedlings. I usually add Iron sulfate to solution at the sametime, the magnesium ions grabs the iron(ions) transporting to the foilage – the iron is deficient during the colder months as soil temp and moisture is decreasing. The lower soil moisture at low temp changes the soil pH and ion concentrate solution within the soil reverses the osmotic potential within the roots, which now need more reserves of sugar in which to pump the nutrients up to the leaves a vicious negative cycle which means the plant struggles through winter – there is less hours of light to produce the sugar needed & less iron for chlorophyll so magnesium helps mostly to awaken the plant when it wants to go dormant.?
Now, that is a BOMB comment and worth sharing in my next up and coming video, as it not only is valuable content, but it shows that I am listening to my subscribers and those who are watching my videos.
So, that would now cover the Educate & Share elements, but what about inspire.
TO INSPIRE is so valuable in my eyes, as it inspires the action to take place. So many watch a video about gardening a certain way, but do they actually take action?
Possibly in most cases no,,,the idea sounds great, but most just move onto the next cool idea.
What if I was to inspire them to take action and explain the benefits they would receive by taking action. Now that would make valuable change.
Then in a short while after taking the action they would see and benefit from the results applied. Hopefully in time the action becomes habitual and plays a part of the overall strategy for a successful garden.
To conclude: I am not really a writer, as I do have a form of dyslexia which makes it quite difficult to get all the right words down onto paper, so to speak.
However, I feel that if I write, as I would speak, then I believe I can get the message across that I want to say. I have a lot of plans for the future of Martys Garden and the engine entegral that EDUCATES, SHARES & INSPIRES.
This engine will be a part of all the content I create from now on, and has brought me a new spark in life.
My final destination is to soon own some land where I can run my show from, open up another micro farm on the same block and leave a legacy behind for others to follow. And most of all provide some stability for my daughter Karin.
I plan to blog about this very soon, as I feel by creating this type of content drives me to get to where I want to go.
See you next week, as I will be spending time with my mother of 79 years of age and my daughter this weekend. Keep an eye out for my next video coming out this weekend called Educate, Share & Inspire.